In short: Excellent race, well organised! In full: This is a very flat fast course, I was nailed on for a pb until my hamstring decided to give up 3 miles from home, still only one minute over my previous best! In most places you don't notice the scenery because it seemed like everybody in Manchester had lined the streets, simply the most incredible support I have ever witnessed at an event, if it wasn't for the crowds I don't think I would have made it round, thanks to everyone who turned out! The baggage tents at the end ran like clockwork, the medal and t-shirt are splendid, goody bag was a bit sparse, appreciated the toothpaste but no brush?! All round excellence apart from the chip timing which was a bit chaotic, but to be honest that could have happened at any event at any time, a bit unfortunate! Date of review: April 30, 2013
In short: What a change from last year - really good race and points taken on bpard In full: Ran the race last year and even without weather issues there would have been problems but as for this year the organisers have certainly taken on board issues and in general corrected them. The course, even with its loops back on itself was more friendly and actually led to larger crowds at more points. The people of Altrincham again did themselves proud but also the crowds at the the top of Brooklands Road were phenomonal coming back up to the top of Brooklands Road was like at the top of a climb on the Tour de France - the spectators narrowed the course (not a problem) and it was like going through a sound tunnel - Brilliant. The bag pick up was brilliant this year and worked superbly. As for the weather if you could ask for a perfect day for a marathon that is what you would ask for. A superfast course I think everyone I spoke to after the race had set PB's and big ones at that (me included). Only gripe was the mile markers seemed to be non existent - not a problem if like me you have a Garmin but really should have been more prominent. Water Stations really well run and Marshalling in general was superb. Thankyou Oraganisers, Spectators and Marshalls for making it a very good day. Date of review: April 30, 2013
In short: 'Great'er Manchester marathon...shame about the chip timing issues In full: Missed last year due to injury, but friends who did both said that as poorly organised as it was last year, it was as good this year. I have to say that i was fairly impressed with the Race village, plenty of space, loads of toilets, changing and bag drop\collection all good, and it was outside the home of gods own football team. First 3 miles of the course were fairly dull, out and around the fringe of the Quays industrial estate…but they served a purpose of stretching out the field and letting you settle your pace. From 6 and a bit onwards the crowds came into their own (apart from rural miles 20 to 21) the streets were lined solid….huge amounts of noise and encouragement couple of sections were deafening (Sale, Brooklands, Alty, the last quarter mile etc)….I felt the support was very similar to my experience in London! Good tech shirt to finish, and the biggest medal I’ve received for any run at the end…nice! The promise of the flattest UK marathon was true, and it was a definite PBfest!.....i knocked 46 mins of my previous best! And everyone else I knew also took minutes of their PB’s. However, the times I have used have come from my own watch and Runkeeper….because my chip time is completely wrong…..it states I finished 55 minutes earlier than I did. Obviously from some of the other feedback I have seen, there have been significant issues with the timings. Think it would have made more sense to put out a holding statement on the results and get them right before publishing so many incorrect ones. That won’t put me off applying for next year though!!
In short: Excellent!!!! In full: Well done to the organisers - an excellent event. Thanks to the many marshalls, volunteers, entertainers and other support staff around the route. Also thanks to Brooks Pacer - excellent encouragement and helped me achieve a PB. The support around the course was brill. I hope this event continues and I think Trafford is an excellent host borough. Date of review: April 30, 2013
In short: Excellent in all ways In full: I too was a bit dubious about starting the race at "The Theatre of Dreams", but it was an excellent experience all round. I improved my PB by 8 minutes (and both other runners I know did too). The water stands were frequent and the water pouches were top-class. Mancunians turned out in great numbers and in some places it felt like London - it was fantastic! Unlike last year's fiasco, the start and finish area was well-organised and efficient. As for the course, flat as a pancake but my Garmin indicated it to be 330 metres under the distance (I notice another runner had a similar experience). A really positive experience. Date of review: April 30, 2013
In short: Bland course. But it was flat, well organised and support was immense. In full: As a Liverpool season ticket holder, I wasn’t convinced that a marathon starting and ending at Old Trafford was going to be an enjoyable experience, but it was.
Organisation was great and the marshalling was efficient and friendly. Very well equipped race village too. The course is a bit suburban, rather than city centre, but let’s be honest, after 20 miles you could be anywhere.
But what made this race memorable were the people who turned out in their droves to support the runners. Can’t have been more than a couple of miles (c19-20 miles) where the support was thin, but so many more miles where there was an unbroken line of support, several people deep in some places.
Decent goody bag, nice race t-shirt and a chunky medal just added to the feeling that this is a big city race.
Thank you Manchester (and it’s not often I say that).